Generosity is key to success of Drug Court graduates

The Benton County Drug Treatment Court would like to thank the Corvallis Elks Lodge and the Altrusa Club of Corvallis for their support of DTC participants.

The Elks Lodge recently conducted a Karaoke Night as a clean and sober activity for DTC participants, alumni and families. Thanks go to Brett Miles, who was our masterful DJ and conductor for the evening of fun.

Altrusa has again donated funds to support DTC participants attending school. Earning a GED or working toward a college degree can provide participants the confidence needed to meet the challenges of recovery, improve their lives and be positive contributors in our community.

The generosity of these two organizations is a reflection of how much our community supports the efforts of Drug Treatment Court participants to turn their lives around. Thanks to organizations such as Altrusa and the Elks Lodge, Drug Treatment Court continues to make a difference.

Judge David Connell

Benton County Drug Treatment Court

Astronaut’s speech to students was out of this world

We had an outstanding talk recently by astronaut Dr. Stan Love, “Why it is Hard to Get to Mars.” Milam Auditorium at Oregon State University was filled with students from OSU and local schools. The best of Corvallis science and engineering students were there! Thank you to all who attended to support science education.

I would especially like to recognize the hard work and dedication of the students of our local OSU AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) branch who sponsored and organized this wonderful event.

Nancy Squires

Department of Mechanical, Industrial

and Manufacturing Engineering

Oregon State University

Jackson Street Youth Shelter grateful to the Elks

Jackson Street Youth Shelter would like to thank the Corvallis Elks Lodge for their recent donation. Their support — alongside that of so many others in our community — is what allows us to continue providing crisis intervention and support to runaway, homeless and at-risk youth. It is our mission to promote safety, stability and well-being for youth. Thank you for funding the work we do!

Hannah Miller, community liaison

Jackson Street Youth Shelter

Community flipped for

Mr. Spartan pancake breakfast

The Mr. Spartan Program recently hosted a nonprofit pancake breakfast to raise money for the Mario Pastega House, The Regional Cancer Center and Community Outreach.

We would like to thank all the people who came out to eat pancakes with us, as well as the volunteers and performers who helped to make this event a true success.

Thanks to Sally McMorris, Kristin Ellenson, Susan Wong and Jacob Brant and Corvallis High School’s very own Elaine Markley, who was an extreme asset to our inaugural pancake breakfast. Without the help of these people, this event would not have been such a success; thank you.

Luther Ellenson

Corvallis on behalf of

Mr. Spartan Program 2013

Sponsors made racquetball team’s trip to nationals possible

The Oregon State University racquetball team would like to thank our sponsors. Through their generous time and money, they continue to support our travels to the National Championships each year in Tempe, Ariz.

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Winning the past five National titles would not have been possible without Timberhill Athletic Club (Randy Huber), John and Phil’s Toyota (Phil Doud), Laughing Planet Restaurant (John Huyck), and the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis (Ken Johnson). OSU racquetball is an intercollegiate (club) sport with little funding from the university. We appreciate all the community support we receive. Four years of college goes by so fast. Thank you for helping make memories.

Rob Durbin, head coach

OSU Racquetball

Veterans group offers thanks to Winema Chapter NSDAR

We would like to show our gratitude and thank the Winema Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for their generous gift of time during our bake sales this fall and winter term. DAR member Frances Nissen was instrumental in keeping our sales table open at times when our veterans had to be in class.

Our holiday fundraising this year was a success. The mission was to support a veteran and his or her family in our community at LBCC. With their help, we were able to meet the needs of a student veteran this past Christmas as well as during the current term. We thank them for their support.

Derek Smith, president

LBCC Veterans Club

Local businesses stepped up to make food drive a success

The Oregon State University Department of Zoology and the biology program are very grateful to the businesses that provided items for our February silent auction and houseplant sale fundraisers for the Governor’s State Employee Food Drive, which benefited Linn Benton Food Share.

Each year, Oregon State helps to feed the hungry in Linn and Benton counties through a variety of ways, including the annual Food Drive.

We want to thank American Dream Pizza, Bella Vino Gift Baskets, Browsers’ Bookstore, Clodfelter’s Public House, Creative Crafts and Frame Shop, Cyrano’s, Dream Dinners, Great Harvest Bread, Harrison House Bed & Breakfast, Local Boyz Hawaiian Café, Schmidt’s Garden Center, Soft Star Shoes, Squirrels Tavern, Staples and Tyee Wine Cellars for generously and enthusiastically partnering with us to raise money for those in need.

Trudy Powell

for OSU Zoology and Biology

Leadership Corvallis class learned about arts and rec

The Leadership Corvallis board of directors would like to thank the following for helping the class learn about the value of arts and recreation to Corvallis. These guest speakers and performers made arts and recreation come alive:

Craig Hanson, Dee Curwen, Joel Hirsch, Brenda VanDevelder, Julie Green, Shelley Moon, Cynthia Spencer, Ella Rhoades, Dr. Larry Rodgers, Oregon State University Glee Choir, James Davidson, Jeff Megy, Fabiola Sandoval Morado, Mike Corwin, Dr. Lois Rawers, Steve Rodman, Josh Kvidt, Betty Griffiths and George Pearson.

The facilitation team of Karen Emery, David Huff, Stacy Mellem and Elizabeth Westland worked tirelessly to plan and present an engaging day for the class.

And special thanks for the use of facilities: The Arts Center, the Majestic Theatre and the Odd Fellows Hall.

Thanks to everyone who made this a great day!

Curtis Wright, board president

Leadership Corvallis

‘Souper Bowl’ Sunday possible with help from grocers

The St. Mary’s Catholic Church Youth Groups would like to thank Fred Meyer and the Philomath Boulevard Safeway stores for allowing them to collect nonperishable canned and packaged food items along with cash donations on Super Bowl Sunday for the National Souper Bowl of Caring Project.

We appreciate the generosity of our local community and that of our St. Mary’s parishioners with this project. The totals collected were $1,991 and 920 food items. All cash and food proceeds benefited those locally through the Corvallis St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry. More than 250 families benefit monthly from the Food Pantry services.

Jack Peters

‘Souper Bowl of Caring’ coordinator

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